May 29, 2013

Clinical Trials for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects nearly everyone at some point in life, and left uncontrolled it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure is determined by the volume of blood your heart pumps and the degree of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. It is described as a combination of systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure measures blood pressure while the heart is pumping blood, and diastolic pressure measures it when the heart is at rest. Normal blood pressure is considered less than 120 systolic over 80 diastolic.

High blood pressure occurs when the arteries narrow, increasing blood pressure and making the heart work harder. Over time, that condition causes damage to the heart tissue. While blood pressure rises and lowers with normal activities, sustained high blood pressure puts you at risk for more severe health problems.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be advised to change your diet or become more active. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important factor in blood pressure management because the more you weigh, the more blood must be pumped through your body, which increases the pressure on the artery walls. If you smoke, you should quit. Smoking damages the lining of your artery walls, causing the arteries to narrow and raising blood pressure.

Sometimes diet and lifestyle changes are not enough to sufficiently lower blood pressure. Columbus Clinical Research is investigating an oral medication that may control high blood pressure. If you are between 18 and 64 years old and suffer from high blood pressure, you may be eligible for the trial. Contact Columbus Clinical Research to learn more.